King County Elections: Ballot returns outpace projections

August 7, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 7, 2010

King County Elections has received more than 100,000 ballots since July 28 — outpacing projections for the first days of all-mail voting for the Aug. 17 primary.

“It’s really helpful that voters are getting their ballots mailed back to us early,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a news release. “The top two reasons some ballots never get counted are due to being mailed back to us too late or the voter forgetting to sign the oath on the back of the return envelope.”

Huff has predicted about 45 percent of the 1.1 million King County voters will cast a ballot in the primary.

But some ballots cannot be opened because of problems associated with voter signatures. In the last election, almost 6,000 ballots could not be counted due to signature problems.

The elections office reminded voters to sign the oath on the back of the return envelope in order for the ballot to be opened and counted.

The office contacts voters with signature problems to attempt to resolve the issues in time for their ballots to be counted.

Track returned ballots here to determine if a ballot has been received and processed. Voters who have not yet received their ballots should contact the elections office at 206-296-8683.

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